Geography News

  • Julie Rich (geography) and Joanne Lawrence (performing arts) working with WSU's Moving Company and Geography students, in conjunction with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT-an internationally renowned modern dance company based in Salt Lake City) created a unique arts/environmental education residency program known as the Ogden Green Map Project for public schools based on the Green Map® system, a global movement encouraging communities to take inventory of their local resources. This Ogden Green Map Project was implemented during the 2010-2011 school year and this year will see a continuation of the program with the creation of a web-based Ogden Green map of our community, which will map sustainability practices, nature, and cultural resources found in our area.


  • Julie Rich published "A 200,000-year record of late Quaternary Aeolian sedimentation on the Southern High Plains and nearby Pecos River Valley, USA" in Aeolian Research, Vol. 2, Issue 4, Spring 2011.


  • Julie Rich and two WSU students (Andrea Rounkles and Elene Kvernadze) traveled to Europe during summer semester, 2011 to participate in a 12-week international service learning program entitled "Global Education Opportunity (GEO)". The GEO program provided these students with the opportunity to spend six weeks attending the Human Rights Commission and World Health Assembly at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The GEO program is under the auspices of the Worldwide Organization for Women (WOW) of which Julie Rich is the president. WOW is a non-profit company with consultative status at the United Nations. The two WSU students prepared and read statements to the UN body of member states during the Human Rights Commission. The students also spent the remaining six weeks working with grassroots organizations based in the UK creating health and self empowerment programs for women and children in developing nations.


  • The WSU Geography Department also sponsored a community-based research project in West Africa last spring semester, 2011. Several Geography students working with Professor Bryan Dorsey traveled with WSU Health Sciences faculty member, Lisa Trujillo to central Ghana as part of a humanitarian aid, study abroad experience last May. Fund raising efforts, including a bike-a-thon and silent auction were led by geography majors Sarah Rumpsa and Candace Mau. As part of their senior research projects, Sarah and Candace conducted surveys focused on transportation geography, specifically the mobility of women and health care workers in Ghana. The service component of the project involved the repair and shipping of about 45 bicycles from Ogden that were then distributed to recipients throughout Ghana.


  • Alice Mulder completed a project to make a pamphlet titled "Weber State University Goes Green: A Guide to Sustainability." This was a project she started with her Geography 3060 students in Spring semester, 2011. The finished product was put together by Alice and Jenn Bodine of WSU's Energy and Sustainability Office through Facilities Management. It is a guide for the WSU community (students, faculty and staff) with tips and information related to energy, air pollution and alternative transit, waste reduction, water, and shopping with the environment in mind. It was ready for distribution at the beginning of the year Block Party.